How to Create the Perfect Work-From-Home Environment
Working from home has both its advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few tips to help you stay productive while telecommuting.
Due to recent events, many people have made the decision to work remotely. Working from home certainly has its advantages. However, there are many, many things in our domestic environment that can serve as a distraction or create a great excuse to procrastinate – kids, pets, chores, that project you’ve been putting off forever, but suddenly decide is worthy of your attention! This is a challenge even seasoned remote workers constantly battle. So how do you stay productive when working from home and maintain your sanity? Here are a few tips:
1. Select a Place Just for Work
If you can find a spot designated just for work, use it. It will help you to mentally get into the right mode and help reduce distractions.
2. Get Dressed
Hanging out in your pajamas might be comfortable, but it doesn’t put you in the mindset to work. You might be able to leave your formal business attire in the closet, but the bunny slippers have to go. When you start your day, do all the things you would normally do before heading to the office.
3. Keep Distractions to a Minimum
Make sure you are far away from a TV and any other distractions, including common areas where others can disturb you. Close all social media sites and try not to let applications interrupt your concentration. Or keep your application open but set on “silent.”
4. Create a Comfortable Workspace
Everyone has a different version of a comfortable workspace. We won’t tell you to keep your desk clean (we’re not your mom), however, be sure your desk is filled with the things that would help you get through the work day without distractions. Ernest Hemingway often worked from his bedroom amidst a clutter of newspapers and books.
5. Establish a Routine
Before you begin the day’s work, create a small checklist of the things you want to accomplish. Then break it down to an even shorter checklist of items you absolutely know will get done in the next couple of hours. This trick not only helps you remember and plan for each task, but also breaks your day down into small, actionable steps.
6. Take Breaks
Be sure to take little breaks. Look away from your screen, stand up, stretch, move around a little. Even if you’re on a tight schedule, doing this helps clear your mind allowing you to refocus.
7. Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand
When you’re working from home, it can be all too easy to reach for the cookie jar. Making sure you have plenty of healthy snacks with protein on hand will help ensure that you provide your body with fuel that’s good for you instead.